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World War II veterans to join Trump at V-E Day ceremony

Seven World War II veterans, ages 96 to 100, planned to join President Donald Trump at a wreath-laying ceremony Friday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the …


UPDATED: Tue., April 14, 2020

Spokane veteran celebrating 100th birthday under quarantine gets significant gift

Early Tuesday morning, Frank Hager looked out his window to see a large sign in his retirement home’s courtyard that read “Happy 100th Birthday Frank.”


UPDATED: Mon., March 2, 2020

2 at Bellevue College out after incarceration mural altered

SEATTLE – The president and one vice president of Bellevue College will leavetheir jobs, the school announced Monday, after the vice president’s decision to alter a campus mural of two …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

AP Exclusive: Sierra skeleton ID’d as ‘ghost of Manzanar’

A skeleton found by hikers this fall near California’s second-highest peak has been identified as a man who had left the Japanese internment camp at Manzanar to paint in the …


Prague to remove monument to WWII Soviet commander

A district in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is set to remove a statue of a Soviet World War II commander Ivan Konev from its site, a move …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019

Dutch railway company to pay reparations for WWII transports

The Dutch national railway company said Wednesday it will pay reparations to Jews, Roma and Sinti whom it transported to camps in the Netherlands during World War II – from …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019

Graves of US WWII servicemen found on Tarawa

A nonprofit organization that searches for the remains of U.S. servicemen lost in past conflicts has found what officials believe are the graves of more than 30 Marines and sailors …


Felts Field open house event to feature World War II bombers

Visitors will have the opportunity to see rare vintage aircraft up close, including a B-25 Mitchell and a TBM Avenger – two American bombers introduced and flown during World War …


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019

UK volunteers still honor U.S. airmen, 75 years after D-Day

From 1942 to 1945 more than 2 million American military personnel were stationed in the United Kingdom, and across the country people still commemorate their sacrifice.


WWII Code Talker and longtime NM lawmaker dies at 94

John Pinto, a Navajo Code Talker in World War II who became one of the nation’s longest serving Native American elected officials as a New Mexico state senator, has died. …


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019

Drone used to aid 3D remake of Japanese internment camp

A University of Denver team is using drone images to create a 3D reconstruction of a World War II-era Japanese internment camp in southern Colorado


U.S. WWII bomb detonated in Germany, causing widespread damage

The controlled detonation of an American World War II bomb in the southern German city of Regensburg has still caused widespread damage to nearby houses.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Flypast honors US bomber crew who died saving British kids

Tony Foulds has a routine when he visits the memorial for 10 American airmen – one of whom was from Idaho Falls –killed in World War II.


Richard Overton, nation’s oldest man and WWII vet, dies at 112

Richard Overton, who was America’s oldest man and oldest war veteran, died Thursday in Austin. Overton, who was honored for his military service and beloved for his propensity to enjoy …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018

WWII pilot killed in vintage airplane crash in Texas

The 93-year-old passenger who was killed when a World War II-era fighter aircraft crashed in South Texas had been a WWII pilot, according to group that arranges fighter plane rides …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018

WWII veterans meet for lunch in Nampa, maybe for the last time

The group has been meeting every September for over a decade at Nielson’s house to reunite and retell stories. This year, the subtle fear that it may be the last …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018

Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018

Action over Papua New Guinea: At 96, WWII flying ace recalls time in the air

Ralph Wandrey joined the U.S. Army Air Corps at 20, about a month before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. At the time of his enlistment he was told he would …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018

55 years after war’s end, WWII flying ace returns flag to family of fallen Japanese soldier

In 2000, WWII flying ace Ralph Wandrey reached out to researcher Henry Sakaida. He was in possession, he told Sakaida, of a flag he had taken from Japanese barracks while …


WWII documents reveal importance of air raid wardens

Carson had been deputized as what was known as an air raid warden in the Westpark neighborhood (now Bay Vista) during World War II. He was a part of a …


Dottie Mae sees the skies again: Fly-in offers glimpses of historic World War II aircraft this weekend in Lewiston

A World War II Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter restored after decades underwater will headline the second Radials N’ Rivers Fly-In at the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport Saturday.


Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred. On Tuesday, Julius Heinrich Otto “Henry” Pieper, his …


Going strong at 93: Troy WWII veteran still mows his lawn, drives, does mechanic work

Clayton Zolber celebrated his 93rd birthday Wednesday, but the World War II veteran almost did not live to see 20.


Soldiers recall carnage of Alaska WWII battle 75 years later

William Roy Dover’s memory of the World War II battle is as sharp as it was 75 years ago, even though it’s been long forgotten by most everyone else.


WW II Marine’s stolen ashes finally at ease

In 2002, Barbara Jo Payne loaded up her dad’s ashes as she was moving to her new home in Vancouver. The small box containing the ashes of Wathen “Curt” Curtsinger …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018

She hung a Nazi flag in her antique shop. Now she’s getting death threats.

Shelton shopkeeper Janice Danker said she’s receiving death threats. The reason?


Navajo Code Talker Teddy Draper Sr. dies in Arizona at 96

A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II has died in Arizona.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017

Front Porch: Every time we say goodbye

Seventy-two. That’s how many individuals made the final cut of the book. Twenty-four. That’s how many people died before “War Bonds” made it into print. Twenty. That’s how many goodbyes …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017

WWII vet, Gonzaga alumnus honored at Bulldogs season opener

His eyes misty and his smile wide, World War II veteran Gordon Van Scotter cradled the white, autographed basketball given to him by his alma mater Friday night.


Fears squashed: Zucchini mistaken for WWII bomb in Germany

A worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. Officers rushed over – and found a particularly large zucchini.